Based on the current Renault Megane 230 F1 Team R26 hot hatchback, the new limited edition 2009 Renault Megane R26.6 sports car comes equipped with the same 2.0-liter 230hp engine, six-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential.
Compared to the original version, it is also 123kg lighter, thus featuring better acceleration and better handling when it comes to tight cornering. However, the increase in agility comes at a price of much, much less personal comfort both for the driver and the passenger.
Renault’s engineers managed to get rid of those 123 kilos replacing the original hood with an unpainted (but decorated with some playful decals) carbon-fiber one, and removing the rear seats, as well as deleting all airbags but the driver’s (they would take it out too, but that would make it illegal to drive the car on European roads), ditching climate controls system, foglights and most of soundproofing.
Renault also says that even windscreen wipers were removed, although they are certainly present on some promo photos (so it looks that the blades can be reinstalled when you get off the track and onto the open road).
The R26.R’s sportiness was further underlined with an optional safety cage, 18-inch forged alloy wheels in matching bright red color, Sabelt bucket seats with racing harnesses, titanium exhaust system, and new roof spoiler.
With all these enhancements, the car now takes only 6 seconds to get from zero to 100km/h.
Only 450 units will be built and sold at a price, which is yet to be announced.